Friday, September 28, 2007
Spinach can save your eyesight…
Popeye may not have been to wrong about eating spinach making you strong, eating your spinach could help save your eyesight and maybe even your life.
In the UK, over 25% of the over 60s have some degree of visual loss because of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). When we step out into sunlight without eye protection we damage the backs of our eyes and this causes AMD.
AMD occurs in the centre part of the retina called the macula. It can cause blindness in the centre of the eye, with peripheral vision only remaining.
Part of the retina’s protection is a pigment, lutein, which absorbs UV blue light, the most damaging wavelength of sunlight. Lutein is also thought to be an antioxidant, which helps maintain the health of the eye. The pigment itself can only come from diet, and one very good source for this is spinach.
You would only need to introduce spinach into your diet twice a week to help boost the health of your eyes. As you get older you may want to increase the amounts you have in your diet, and you can do this by having green spinach smoothies.
One of my favorite salads is Avocado and Strawberries with spinach; I use a good raw apple cider and walnut oil as the dressing. Some of you may be thinking Strawberries in a salad? But trust me it is amazing…
I hope this helps someone...